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77th STAI Annual Convention & International Sugar Expo-2019

The Sugar Technologists’ Association of India (STAI) organized its 77th Annual Convention and International Sugar Expo 2019 from 17-19 July 2019 at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal. This was the largest congregation of sugar fraternity which took in the city of joy -Kolkata for the first time.

The three day congregation was attended by nearly 700 delegates from across the country and also included international delegates from Thailand, Nigeria, Sudan etc. The Convention also saw glitterati of guests that comprised ministers, top government officials, bureaucrats, sugar mill entrepreneurs, CEOs, HODs, consultants, technology providers, research professionals etc.


Inauguration of the Convention by: Shri Ranjit Puri, Chairman, Saraswati Sugar Mills Ltd.

Guest of Honour -
Mr Kallappa Awade, Founder Director, Shri Jawahar Shetkari SK Ltd.

Mr. Arun Lohia, Chairman, Ganpati Sugar Industries Ltd.

Distinguished Guests –
Mr Prakash Kallapa Awade, Chairman, Jawahar Shetkari SK Ltd.

Mr Ghanshyambhai J Patel, Chairman, Shree Narmada Khand Udyog Sahakari Mandli Ltd.

Mr R S Raghavan, Managing Director, Gobind Sugar Mills Ltd.

Mr Narendra Mohan, Director, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur

Mr B B Mehta, Whole Time Director, Dalmia Bharat Sugar and Industries Limited

Mr Prakash Naiknavare, Managing Director, National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Limited

Mr R L Tamak, Executive Director and CEO, DCM Shriram Ltd. (Sugar Business Division )

Mr M S Sundaram, Managing Director, J.P. Mukherji & Associates Private Limited

STAI Prestigious Awards:

STAI recognizes the talent of industry professionals by presenting awards. The following awards were handed out by the Chief Guest during the 77th Annual Convention :

Mr. Prakash Kallapa Awade, Chairman, Jawahar SSSK Ltd.

Mr. R Nandakumar, Chairman, Natems Sugar Pvt. Ltd.

Mr Gyanendra Kumar, Advisor, Daurala Sugar Works

Mr B B Mehta, Whole Time Director, Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Ltd.

Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, Whole Time Director (Operations), Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Ltd.

Dr Rajeev Vasant Dani, Head and Technical Advisor, Dept. of Sugar Technology, Vasantdada Sugar Institute, Pune

Dr (Mrs.) Vasudha Keskar, Managing Director, MAARC Labs Pvt. Ltd.

Mr Byom Shankar Dubey, Managing Director, V.S. Projects and System Engineers Pvt. Ltd.

Industry Excellence Awards :

The Industry Excellence Awards for the year 2019 were conferred to :

Gobind Sugar Mills Ltd.

Mawana Sugars Ltd.

Shree Narmada Khand Udyog Sahkari Mandli Ltd.

Mr C N Deshpande, President, Jaywant Sugars Ltd.

Mr Rajesh Verma, Managing Director, Enviropol Engineers Pvt. Ltd.

Mr Madhav Mathur, Managing Director, N.K. Organic Inorganic Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Puri Industries

Dr. Bansidhar Gold Medal for “Innovation in the Area of Energy Efficiency and Conservation”
Mr M G Joshi, Mr Sanjay Awasthi, Mr Anurag Goyal, Ms Deepti Mishrafor their paper on “Steam Economy in existing Plant at Jawahar S.S.S K –A Success Story

J P Mukerjee Gold Medal “Best Engineer of the Year” 2018
Mr L M Talwar,Ex Executive Director, ISGEC Heavy Engineering Ltd.

Isgec Gold Medal-Engineering for Excellence
Process Engineering : Mr. D K Goel,Hon. Editor, STAI

Process Technology: Mr R L Tamak,Executive Director and CEO, DCM Shriram Ltd. (Sugar Business Division)

Dr P J Manohar Rao Gold Medal for Excellence in Co Products
Mr Sanjay Desai,Chairman and Managing Director, Excel Engineers and Consultants

Sugarcane AgricultureVSI 12121- a high yield, high sugared sugarcane variety for Maharashtra by R. S Hapase, J.M.Repale

Factory EngineeringInnovative Solutions for Upgradation of Mills by JK Kharbanda, Ranjeet Ingale, K P Vasanthan

Factory ProcessingA study on working of vertical continuous pan for raw massecuite boiling by Narendra Mohan, Ashutosh Bajpai, Subhash Chandra

Co Products & ManagementSelf Sustained Distillery with ZLD-A Success Story by Anoop Singh, Harsh Vardhan, Sanjay Awasthi, V.K.Luthra, & Anurag Goyal

Sugarcane AgricultureEvaluation of Promising Sugarcane Clones (Saccharum spp.) for Drought Tolerance by R. Gomathi, P.Govindaraj, Bakshi Ram

Factory EngineeringMaintenance procedure for Zero Breakdown by P K Sarkar and Sudhir Kumar Singh

Factory ProcessingReduction in Emission of SO2 from Sugar Mills by R.V. Dani , V. P. Sidanale, R. R. Patil and L.S.Dalvi

Co Products & ManagementPilot plant study for treatment of Spray Pond Water overflow using RO Technology at Saraswati Sugar Mills by S. K. Sachdeva & Rajeev Mishra

S.N. Gundurao Memorial Lecture

The coveted lecture was delivered by

Dr. G.S.C. Rao, MD ,Global Canesugar Services Pvt. Ltd. onSugar Industry…What’s Next ?

Dr (Mrs) Vasudha Keskar, MD, Maarc Labs Pvt. Ltd. on Food Safety Act and Indian Sugar

Mangal Singh Memorial Lecture

The coveted lecture was delivered by

Prof. Narendra Mohan, Director, NSI onIndian Sugar Industry : As I Look at it

International Sugar Expo 2019

In conjunction with the 77th STAI Convention, International Sugar Expo 2019 was also organized wherein 50 technology providers including turn-key plant suppliers, SMEs, consultants etc. from India showcased their latest innovations/products for the sugar and allied industry.

The Sugar Expo witnessed a large number of visitors from the senior management of Sugar Industry, scientific fraternity and R&D institutes.Over the years the event has emerged as the most potent forum for showcasing of new technologies, exchange of ideas and a bellwether for Indian Sugar Industry.

Technical Presentations

The delegates discussed and deliberated on 63 research papers on latest innovations in the areas of:

Sugarcane Agriculture

Factory Engineering

Factory Processing

Co Products

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